Commissioning the big CNC mill

  1. MattH

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    This is a bit of a project tracking thread for me.
    At the beginning of the summer I bought myself a large knee mill with 2 axis CNC controls.
    I sited it roughly in place and haven't touched it since.

    I've finally made enough clear space in the workshop so that I can start organizing my metalworking area so it will soon be time to get the mill up and running.

    Couple of jobs need doing first which are routing some compressed air around the workshop to the mill and installing a longer power cable to reach the nearest 3ph socket.
    I then have to move the mill back by about 600mm and rotate it a little. I can't use the forklift for this as I don't have the space so it's going to have to be man power. The mill weighs in at around 2200KgS and unfortunately the base of the casing is not flat so pipe rollers are out.

    Once that's done I need to install some leveling feet and then I can power it up.

    I've been reading the manual on the conversational CNC controller (an early Acu-rite Millpwr unit) and it all seems straight forward enough.

    Here's the mill in the current mess:
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    And here it is before it was sold to me:
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    There are some tidy spots, honest:
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    To motivate me to get on with this i just purchased a 3D edge finder from Kennedy:
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    @Hood have you / do you use one of these or similar?

    Anyway, the hope is to actually start cutting some metal during the Xmas holidays (we are flat out at the moment with our seasonal business). And then in the new year start work again on the big CNC router (with the help of this mill).
     
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  2. MattH

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    Amazing what a bit of effort clearing and sorting does:

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  3. Hood

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    Yes I have a Haimer 3D Taster, in fact I have a couple as I bought the second one when WNT had them on sale.

    Here is mine, it is the mini one.

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  4. MattH

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    I was going to buy the Haimer but Kennedy had these on sale on Ebay for £240 inc.
    and the tips are half the price of the Haimer.
     
  5. slim_boy_fat

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    :clapping: Do I see 2 x shapers + another mill in the background of the first pic? :dontknow:
     
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  6. Hood

    Hood Forum Supporter

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    That was what WNT had the Haimers on for when I bought my second one, first one cost me £350 from a guy in Germany.
     
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  7. pressbrake1

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    Ive been needing one of those edge finders for a long time
     
  8. MattH

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  9. MattH

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    No, shapers don't really float my boat.
    There's a Bridgeport, a Cincinnati 2ML with vertical and broaching heads, a Cardiff 15" lathe and a Delmac 500mm lathe.
    And a few odds and sods.
     
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  10. Hood

    Hood Forum Supporter

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    They are absolutely essential, well maybe not essential but once you get one you will wonder how you managed without.
    Use it all the time, here is it getting used an hour ago to clock up a lump of brass.
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  11. MattH

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    Yeah, I've been eyeing one up for a while now as they look very useful.
    I can even use in on the routers if any repeatable work needs to be done.
     
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  12. Cuthy246

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    There is a distinct lack of a drooling emoji ......
     
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  13. pressbrake1

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    Ive got the 2ML with the powered ram head and a slotting head, really is a universal mill

    I cant be bothered with shapers these days but have a 18" tool room butler and a alba10 which was my fathers.
    But when i have a 12" long internal spline or keyway to do then it becomes king!
    Also perfect for cutting dovetails as single point cutting gets dead bang with not too much scraping
     
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  14. MattH

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    Unfortunately I don’t have the 50int head for the 2ML, I have a double speed mt3 spindle (from a Denbigh I think).
    Still what one though as I have tons of 50 taper tooling.
    The 2ML has a great big table which is very useful.
     
  15. pressbrake1

    pressbrake1 Forum Supporter

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    20160814_004128.jpg Here my old gal.
    Id better shut up as Ive dragged your thread back sixty years tech wise!
    Id live a little 2axis cnc like yours, real useful but doesnt take up half the shop
     
  16. ronan

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    You can make anything on a shaper you know............except money.
     
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  17. MattH

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    There's a lot of cutting capacity with that powered ram.
     
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  18. MattH

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    Couldn’t resist powering the mill up today and testing it:

     
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  19. Richard.

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    Lol that’s not a test
    Unless they are the invisible type chips I didn’t see :laughing:
     
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  20. MattH

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    Baby steps.
     
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